|A Living Man by Sten Hanson|
Recorded in stereo quadraphonic, “A Living Man” is a work combining electronic sounds and recorded voice by the Swedish composer and sound poet, Sten Hanson. The composition begins with a self described electronic music symphony but soon expands so as to include a male voice listing a litany of qualities and activities that a living man enjoys. Composed in 1972 the work is typical of the type of text-sound composition that was quite in vogue in Northern European avant-garde circles during th...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; Sten Hanson
|Two Text-Sound Compositions by Sten Hanson|
Two text-sound compositions by the Sten Hanson. The first work “Revolution” includes electronic sounds with processed speech that combine to form a call for immediate action. Phrases such as “I’m calling you,” “you can hear me,” “do something,” and “very soon now” are repeated while also being subjected to various forms of tape manipulation, before culminating in the abrupt warning “you’ll be dead.” The second work “Western Europe” appears to be a satirical view o...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Sound Poetry; Text-sound compositions; Sten Hanson
|Ode To Gravity: The Sound Poetry of Sten Hanson|
Charles Amirkhanian introduces the work of Sten Hanson, a writer turned sound poet who has been one of the most active composers of the Fylkingen group in Stockholm. The program includes an interview recorded on April 12, 1972 in Sweden, in which Hanson describes how he puts together his works and describes the computer studio for electronic music in Stockholm where he creates his sound poetry. Also heard are some of Hanson’s amusing voice pieces which are both political and humorous...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity Series; Interview and Music; Sound Poetry; Sten Hanson